* AllStarCast: Richard went to great lengths to secure not only the greatest voice cast of all time for a cartoon (Vincent Price, Donald Pleasance, Anthony Quayle to name a few, even SeanConnery has a role as the voice of Tack) but also the greatest team of animators:
** Richard not only directed, he drew quite a significant chunk. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome His crowning scene is Zig-Zag's card shuffling display for the One-Eyes]].
** [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Art Babbitt]], responsible for Zeus and the Chinese mushrooms in ''{{Fantasia}}'', and infamous for organizing the 1941 strike against WaltDisney. For ''Thief'' he drew King Nod and the vulture Phido.
** [[NoteworthyLooneyTunesStaff Ken Harris]], number one animator in the Chuck Jones unit [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes during production on the original golden-era batch of Warner Brothers cartoons]]. Ken's animation of the Thief is similar to his work on Wile E. Coyote.
** Emery Hawkins, who worked for '''every single''' cartoon studio that existed in Hollywood between the 30s and the 50s. It is not exactly known what he animated on ''Thief'' (many animation buffs guess he drew [[DeletedScene the ogre-prince who isn't in the Recobbled Cut]]).
* CreatorBacklash: The amount of meddling the film received just before it was completed devastated Richard Williams so much, that for years he absolutely refused to talk about the film to ''anyone'', and refused to take part in the Recobbled Cut restorations of the film, since he just wanted to move on from it at that time. However, around the time he wrote ''TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit'', he finally made peace with the film, and on Dec. 10th 2013, he theatrically screened his own directors cut of Thief, saying he was finally satisfied with the film.
* DeletedScene: Taken to ridiculous lengths. When Fred Calvert took over, about half of Williams' painstakingly made animation was deleted. A small amount of these were fortunately displayed during the end credits of Calvert's version. Then Miramax bought the film and axed even ''more'' scenes, including the end credit ones.
* DevelopmentHell: One of the longest and most difficult ones in cinematic history. Richard williams spent about '''three decades''' on this film, using money earned from various short films and advertisements. At one point a Saudi-Arabian prince became interested and funded ten minutes (the warmachine scene) as a test. [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome The results were awesome.]] Sadly the prince was scared away by missed deadlines and budget overruns. The project returned to its slow pace, until Williams gained funding from WarnerBros after his success on Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit. About half of the completed scenes were made during this period. Unfortunately, when WarnerBros saw the almost-finished film (only fifteen minutes were left to be animated), they changed their mind and decided to back out. With the funding gone, the film was taken over by a completion bond, which fired Williams and put [[TheyJustDidntCare cheapskate]] Fred Calvert in his place. Under Calvert's direction, the film went under a great amount of OffModel animation and {{Disneyfication}}.
* DoingItForTheArt: Oh yeah. You don't spend decades on a run-on-the-mill film: Williams fully intented this to be his masterpiece and a blockbuster.
* ExecutiveMeddling: A double victim. First, Williams had the film taken away from him and finished under lesser hands. Then the Weinsteins got their hands on it and almost {{Macekre}}d it to death.
** There are sequences in the original film which took ''the better part of a decade'' to animate, and which the studios nonchalantly cut out.
* HeyItsThatVoice!: Vincent Price is the voice of the Vizier.
** [[spoiler: SeanConnery is the voice of Tack at the end of the Recobbled cut.]]
** And in the Miramax cut, Matthew Broderick is Tack sounding a lot like [[Disney/TheLionKing a certain "King."]]
** The Majestic Films cut uses Creator/MonaMarshall for some of the nanny's lines.
** When the Thief gets a voice in the Miramax dub, all of his thoughts are voiced ala Garfield by Creator/JonathanWinters.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Fans of this film have done this to [=VHS=] copies of the original workprint for years. The workprint was made by Williams just before he lost rights, and was the only way to see the true version of the film. Now you can just download the Recobbled Cut, or watch it on Website/YouTube.
* MagnumOpus: Richard Williams referred to this as such repeatedly during its production. Unfortunately, what [[ScrewedByTheNetwork followed]] led to it being an OldShame for him instead, at least until recent years.
* MissingEpisode: The rights were bought out by The Completion Bond Company with 15 mins. of the film incomplete after Williams' bond-holder demanded a halt to production. Disney had a competing production, ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' in the works, so the remains of the film were farmed out to an overseas [[TheMockbuster animation sweatshop]] and released in a handful of theaters.
* NoExportForYou: The film has officially been released only in North America and UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}.
** There have been some instances of the film being released in theaters in places like UsefulNotes/{{Poland}}.
** There is an European Spanish dub, so it must have been released in UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} too.
* NonSingingVoice: Steve Lively was Tack's singing voice in the Miramax Films cut (though he performed both singing and speaking for the Calvert cut).
* OldShame: It became this to Williams for a while, but he eventually made peace with the film when he wrote TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit.
* TheOtherDarrin: Tack is voiced by Steve Lively in the Majestic Films cut, and Matthew Broderick in the Miramax one (but only for speaking).
* TheOtherMarty: Almost all of the original voice cast carefully selected by Williams were replaced once Fred Calvert took over. Most of the scenes had already been animated to the old voices, but were redubbed anyway. A little bit of Anthony Quayle survived in the finished versions, notably in the scene where he gives a speech to his subjects; some of Joan Sims as the Witch also remains. Some notable actors who thankfully ''weren't'' dubbed over include Vincent Price as Zigzag and Windsor Davies as Chief Roofless.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: One of the ultimate examples.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Considering the years of DevelopmentHell, and what Richard Williams set out to do, the whole movie practically reeks of this trope...
** Early on, in the sixties, the film was supposed to be about MullahNasruddin. The idea had to be dropped because of disagreements of the rights to the character. Many of the supporting characters were taken from the Nasruddin film.
** At some point princess Yumyum had an identical sister, princess Meemee, who had fallen in love with a man who had been turned into an ogre. The witch's original purpose was to provide a cure for his beastliness.
* WorkingTitle: Before becoming ''The Thief And The Cobbler'', the film had such titles as "''The Thief Who Never Gave up''", "''Once...''", simply "''The Thief''", or the wildly different and creative "''The Cobbler And The Thief''". The film was released after ExecutiveMeddling under two names, "''The Princess And The Cobbler''" and the punny "''Arabian Knight''", before being released on VHS as "''The Thief And The Cobbler''".
** Not to mention the early period when it was about MullaNasruddin, and has names such as "''Nasruddin!''", "''The Majestic Fool"'' or "''The Amazing Nasruddin''".